If you use an @notification in chat messages it will notify the corresponding user with a small circle (or snowman) on their gravatar and (if enabled) a sound effect.

Now, when you have notified a user that way they will be notified again if you edit the message containing the @notification. I don't think this behaviour is optimal. In most cases I don't really want to ping the user again; I just want to correct some small typo.

I suggest to change the behaviour to not repeat the ping when posts are edited.

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    But I care when you fix typos. Dec 13, 2011 at 17:42
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    Declining this since it's really more trouble than worth it (we can't just unconditionally not re-ping, there'd have to be some sort of logic as to "does this look like a major edit?"). And the majority seems to agree.
    – balpha Staff
    Jul 23, 2012 at 14:44
  • @balpha plus some of us forget to ping people and go back and edit to ping for the first time! Not that I'd ever forget to do something.
    – Ben Brocka
    Jul 23, 2012 at 15:11
  • @balpha In that case, the user can just delete the message and send a new one. Another option would be to ask the user whether to re-ping, with the default as off. This wouldn't deter the pranksters, but it would really help.
    – user245368
    Feb 24, 2015 at 4:53

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Implementing this would also remove notification in the case where you do want to ping the person again. I don't think it's worth it.

If you really don't want to ping the person again for a minor typo, you have the option of just living with the typo.

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    I never had an occasion where I wanted to ping a user again for the same, edited message. I find the behaviour just unexpected, it's confusing to find some phantom ping, cause by some edit. Dec 13, 2011 at 17:54
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    @Fabian I don't have much else to say beyond "I've had an occasion where I wanted to ping a user again". :)
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Dec 13, 2011 at 17:56
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    I'd think the larger issue is, implementing this would prevent pinging another individual if, say, you accidentally pinged the wrong person in the first place.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Dec 13, 2011 at 17:59
  • @Grace it could check if the notifications changed after the edit, if that would be worth the dev-time is another question, of course. Dec 13, 2011 at 18:06
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    @Fabian I don't think the pings are much of an annoyance, since you can just click on them and it will track exactly which message(s) caused the ping. Dec 13, 2011 at 18:11
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    @Fabian An edit may also change the content non-trivially, in which case it may be nice to be notified.
    – balpha Staff
    Dec 13, 2011 at 18:33
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    If you really do want to ping the person again, you have the option of just...pinging them again. You always have the option of pinging someone; what you can't get around is not pinging them when the system forces you to, so it should avoid that if possible Jul 23, 2012 at 17:19

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